Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 16!

2013-10-12 16.45.13

Hey sweet siestas!

How much fun is this? Can we all just stop for a minute and thank our beloved leader, Bible teacher and yes, friend, for spurring us on in this world of scripture memory? I fail every time on my own. We need our people to conquer this task, don’t we? I’m good for a couple of months and then I flat out quit and blame it on something other than myself. But, I won’t quit if I have y’all! I’m thankful for this community. I’m thankful for the accountability. Memorizing scripture has transformed my heart and mind…the Word is living, and we have the privilege to breathe it in when we open those sacred pages and be changed from the inside out.


Something that I have done as I have memorized scripture is to write a brief synopsis of why I chose the verse on the back of the index card. I also date it. At the end of the year, it’s so powerful to go back and read a mini-journal of God’s faithfulness and the journey you’ve taken together that particular year. Go back and do that if you haven’t done it already. I’ll bet it won’t take you long to recall why you picked a particular verse. It will be a sweet gift to read through at the end of 2015.


Ok, my name is Fran Thomas and I’ve been married to Chip for 21 years! That’s crazy to me! I swear I’m still 30-something. We have 3 teenage boys. That’s another kind of crazy! Our oldest is 18. (Insert tears of high school graduation, starting college and hoping you can cook and do laundry on your own) It’s nuts, y’all. Savor the moments, mommas. It flies.


We are living life in Jackson, TN, and I love our community of people here. I work at Union University, teach college girls on Sunday mornings, sing in the choir, and serve with our jail ministry at Englewood Baptist Church. I am also a partner in a non-profit ministry with my two best friends, Christy and Robyn, that we founded called “More than a Mission Trip.” Our heart is missions in every form and fashion. Our heart is for the lost, the saved who are lost, God’s precious people at the ends of the earth and those who are around the corner. Our desire is to encourage other women to serve God locally and globally…there is no better time than NOW to love, obey and serve Him with all we have! We can’t question or delay what God clearly calls us to do.


So how appropriate for me to choose a verse that has me in a season of being scared to death of what God has called me to do. Would this be the Christian “pot calling the kettle black” or what? I like safe and comfy just like you do. It’s predictable and doesn’t make my stomach hurt. I know the scriptural promises from Him, but there is simply something terrifying about taking new steps with Him after a season of predictability. *sigh*


So, we press on, sisters. We believe Him and take Him at His word. I’m doing this even with the butterflies alive and churning about! Unfortunately, I think I have an unbelief issue right now, but I’m choosing to believe Him for this season because He is able! He is faithful… Me? Not so much. He never fails. NEVER.


“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6


I don’t want to doubt or be tossed around because of my unbelief. I want my feet to be steady and secure in Him, His voice, and His direction. I really want to believe Him and trust Him even with these butterflies during this new season. I don’t just want to say, “Yes, Lord I believe you,” but it only be a temporary belief or trust. We’ll start strong and then fade, don’t we?

Lord, help my unbelief.


It’s easy to say, “Sure, I’ll get out of the boat, and walk toward Jesus,” but it’s a whole other thing to actually put the feet into motion, isn’t it? Let’s not be tossed around, sisters. Let’s walk by faith and take Him at His Word. Let’s choose to believe Him girls!! Declare it even when we don’t feel it. We’ll begin to believe what we know and speak over that situation. Let’s declare the Truth that we are hiding in our hearts.


Y’all are such a blast! Hang in there and march on strong and steady because we are MORE than conquerors! We CAN do this because He WILL show us the way! He will NOT leave us! He WILL show Himself faithful! He has good plans for this season! He will NOT harm us! And on and on and on the promises go. Declare them. Believe them.


It’s such an honor to journey alongside you. I will be your biggest fan and cheer you on like nobody’s business. Fix those pretty eyes on Jesus and let’s run our race well. I’m praying for us all. I desperately need Jesus and His Word.

Love y’all,


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  1. 451
    Sarah Stephenson says:

    Sarah Stephenson; Auburn, AL; “The he said to me, ‘prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know I am the Lord.” So I prophesied as I was commanded. As I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and the tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, ‘prophesy to the breath prophesy, son of man, and say to it ‘this is what the Sovereign Lord says: come from the four winds, O Breath, and breathe life into these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet – vast army.” -Ezekiel 37:4-10 (NIV)

  2. 452
    Danielle Spataro says:

    Danielle from Cedar Park, TX

    And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.

    Isaiah 58:12 (ESV)

  3. 453
    Ludmila Kosenko says:

    Luda Kosenko
    Baltimore, MD

    I say then, “walk by the Spirit” and
    you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
    For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit,
    and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh;
    these are opposed to each other,
    so that you don’t do what you want.

    Galatians 5:16-17 (HCSB)

  4. 454
    Sara Meredith says:

    Sara Meredith, Morton IL

    …the grass withers and the flowers fade, but the Word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8 NLT

  5. 455
    Carol VanderWal says:

    The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23: 23 11-12 ESV

  6. 456
    Delores O. says:

    Delores O.
    Lake Stevens, WA
    But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.
    2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NLT

  7. 457
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn , Terrace BC Canada
    Isaiah 41:13 NIV
    For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
    Do not fear; I will help you.

  8. 458
    Nancy Morford says:

    Nancy, Ethel Mo Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3 NAS

  9. 459
    Joy Landis says:

    Joy Landis, Mountain House, CA

    Psalm 34:2(NASB)
    “My soul will make its boast in the Lord, the humble will hear it and rejoice.”

  10. 460
    Val Thiessen says:

    Val, Aldergrove, BC Canada

    Ephesians 4:2 NIV
    Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

  11. 461
    Kathy McCoy says:

    Kathy from Chandler, OK ““They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them.” Psalms‬ ‭112:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  12. 462
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn Tragesser, Orofino, Idaho

    …For the LORD goes before you; the God of Israel is your rear guard. Isaiah 52:12b

    I second Fran’s suggestion! I’ve been putting the brief circumstances behind each verse since I began memorizing in 2012, and it’s sweet to see how the Lord leads. The closer I abide, the more I realize how He directs. I started out with 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart by Robert Morgan, and barely began when I realized Jesus had an order in mind for me. Wow!

    Please pray, my SSMT family, for my friend Johann whose house burned up last night. A town 20 miles away (Kamiah, Idaho) was evacuated yesterday, and last night, another fire hit one of the ridges surrounding the Clearwater Valley where Orofino sits.

  13. 463
    Leilani Esmond Smryna, GA says:

    Pay close attention to your own work. Then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.
    Galatians 6:4

  14. 464
    Cara Gabrielse says:

    Cara Gabrielse, Parker And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. Luke 5:6-7, NLT

  15. 465
    Jayn says:

    San Diego, CA
    If I speak of God’s word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump”, and it jumps, but I dont have love, I am nothing.
    1 Corinthians 13:2 MSG

  16. 466
    Bonnie O'Shields says:

    Bonnie O’Shields, Dacusville, SC

    “Don’t be deceived, my dearly loved brothers.” James 1:16 HCSB

  17. 467
    Theresa Ainsworth says:

    Theresa, Glendale AZ, He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, Happy is he. Proverbs 16:20 NKJV

  18. 468
    Barbara Ford says:

    Barbara Ford – Troy, MO
    “God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2 (HCSB)

  19. 469
    Connie says:

    Connie – Fulton, Ky
    O Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress. Isaiah 33:22 NIV 1984

  20. 470
    Jane Lakey says:

    Jane Lakey, Panama City Beach, Fl

    Colossians 1: 3-6, NIV
    3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.

  21. 471
    Susan says:

    Susan Chung, Long Island, NY

    Colossians 1:17-18
    He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

  22. 472
    Brenda K. Orlow says:

    Brenda – Jordan, MN
    “But the LORD stood at my side and gave me strength.”
    2 Timothy 4:17a NIV

  23. 473
    Siesta Susan says:

    Susan Young, Fairhope,AL

    The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

    James 3:17 (NIV)

  24. 474
    Gail Niles, Cary, NC says:

    “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
    ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’
    Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
    James 4:6-7 NIV 1984

  25. 475
    Laura says:

    Laura D, Cleveland, OH
    “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:35-36‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  26. 476

    Colleen Duebber. Cincinnati, Ohio.

    May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

    Psalm 19:14 NLT

  27. 477
    Norma Jean says:

    Norma Jean, Medford, OR

    “And which of you by being overly anxious and troubled with cares can add a cubit to his stature or a moment (unit) of time to his age?”

    Luke 12:25 AMP

  28. 478
    Dennina says:

    You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; Ephesians 4:22 NIV

  29. 479
    Andrea S. says:

    Andrea S. Fort Worth, TX

    “But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.” Psalm 37:39-40 KJV

  30. 480
    Linda Foust says:

    NKJV GAL 1:3
    “Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ”

  31. 481
    Kathi Griffin says:

    Kathi Griffin from Macon, GA:
    “Even to your old age and gray hairs
    I am He, I am He who will sustain you.
    I have made you and I will carry you:
    I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)

  32. 482
    Mandy says:

    Asheboro, NC

    Philippians 4:6-7 ESV

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

    And the peace of God, which surpasses all understnading, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

  33. 483
    Pamma Rippe says:

    Pamma Rippe in Abingdon, VA
    Jeremiah 17:14 HCSB
    “Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed;
    save me, and I will be saved,
    for You are my praise.”

  34. 484
    Francine Thacker says:

    Francine Thacker, Burnet,TX
    If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 ESV

  35. 485
    Dana Nance says:

    Dana Nance
    Blue Ridge, TX

    As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

    Psalm 103:15-16 NIV (1984)

  36. 486
    Gail Ouimette says:

    Gail Ouimette Tumalo, Oregon

    If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

    Romans 14:8 NIV

  37. 487
    Karen, Lincoln, NE says:

    Romans 15:4b NIV

    And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

  38. 488
    Bonnie Mink says:

    Bonnie Mink Hendersonville, TN For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37 KJV

  39. 489
    Julia Posel says:

    Julia Posel, Munich, Germany. “You are my refuge and my shield; Your Word is my source of hope.” (Psalms‬ ‭119:114‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

  40. 490
    Brady Bradshaw says:

    Brady Bradshaw, Cedar Rapids, IA. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joint and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 NIV

  41. 491
    Rosalye says:


    These instructions are not empty words -they are your life!

  42. 492
    Glennell Strawn says:

    Glennell Strawn
    Buda, TX

    Hebrews 4:15-16(ESV)

    15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
    16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

  43. 493
    Alison Wagler says:

    Alison Wagler, Vancouver, Canada. Ecc.3.1.nasb There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven-

  44. 494
    teri says:

    Teri, Kalamazoo, MI
    “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 NIV

  45. 495
    Antoinette says:

    Antoinette Krietemeijer, Hoofddorp, the Netherlands (Europe)
    Daarom ook is iemand die één met Christus is, een nieuwe schepping. Het oude is voorbij, het nieuwe is gekomen.
    Dit alles is het werk van God.
    2 Korintiers 5: 17, 18a

  46. 496
    Tanja says:

    See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. -Colossians 2:8 NIV

  47. 497
    Sarah Tarr says:

    Sarah Tarr, Franklin TN

    But he said to me, ‘my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
    2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

  48. 498
    Brandy Trahan says:

    Brandy Trahan
    Port Nexhes, TX 77651

    “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  49. 499
    Rhonda McKamie says:

    Rhonda Mckamie – OKC

    1 Peter 1:9 NIV
    for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls,

  50. 500
    Laury Pitts says:

    Laury Pitts from San Clemente, CA: ” May the LORD give you increase more and more, You and your children.” Psalm 115:14 NKJV

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